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Salvian of Massilia
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(c. 400–480). A prominent contemporary witness to the Völkerwanderung (Migration period), during which he survived one of four destructions of Trier. As the barbarians advanced, he fled south from his home in northern Gaul; there with the consent of his wife Palladia he took a vow of continence, became a monk at Lérins, and finally a presbyter in Marseille. Of his writings (mentioned by Gennadius of Marseille, Vir. ill. 68), nine letters have survived, as well as a treatise Ad ecclesiam (“Four Books of Timothy to the Church”), in which he calls on priests esp…

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Ritter, Adolf Martin, “Salvian of Massilia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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